Saturday, August 07, 2004

Are you registered to vote?
Are you sure you're registered?

Excerpt-["I am currently pissed off. Let me tell you why.

Today, around lunchtime, I went with my parents to the polls to vote in our primary election.
When I got there, I found that I had somehow been removed from the books, and hence could not vote.

Frustrated, I took the day off work and my mom took me down to the Election Board at 18th and Walnut.
When we got there, we found that the reason I was not on the books is that SOMEONE had sent in an address
change card for me. I live near 76th and Troost, but the voting database now had me down as living at 52nd and
Locust - I've NEVER lived there, and have in fact lived at this address all of my life (well, except for the year in England,
and even then this was my "permanent address"). It took about two hours, but the elections commission director
straightened it out and I was finally able to vote. However, she told me why this has been happening, and it's very worrisome.

Apparently there are groups out there who buy copies of the voter registration rolls, then send in new registrations for
registered voters giving them a new address. It's really a more sophisticated version of the whole thing with the felony lists
in Florida in the last election - however, people aren't being REMOVED from the voting rolls, and hence there's no red flag
being raised. After all, people DO move and send in change of address, so there's no reason for them to suspect voter fraud. "]

I saw this on BartCop.com. Double check, and make sure you're registered. This is the second incident like this that I've heard of-both were in PA too so seriously check-especially those of you in swing states like ours.

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